atmospheric water vapour frozen into ice crystals and falling
in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.
With recent temperatures nudging
the mid 30s Celsius here we live
and mid 40s further inland…
…I thought I would be posting a
December beach photo this week.
Then I remembered our 2018 visit to
the Columbia Icefields.
For many of us it was our first exposure to falling snow,
…let alone spending time walking
on a glacier in snow conditions.
We were told that the previous week
temperatures had reached 30 degrees.
While our visit was in early June, that is,
not winter, it is the best I could do.
Some images which fit the moody theme.
The first indication that it was snowing was when
our coach driver alerted us to this sight…
…as we approached the
Having never sighted falling snow previously
many of us were not sure if this fall would
be labeled heavy, light or somewhere inbetween.
To walk on a freshly, fallen silent shroud of snow
(just had to use that line 🙂 )
was the highlight of the day.
I would say it was falling lightly simply because
it was comfortable out and about.
The only time it was uncomfortable was
when my feet decided to hurry downhill
without telling the rest of me.
I was left behind on my behind.
Certainly a memorable experience.
…feel cold from the comfort of our coach,
it was snowing outside as we approached
Alberta’s, Columbia Icefields.
Nor did it feel cold while walking
on the Athabasca Glacier.
However, 63 miles inside the Arctic Circle
at Wiseman, Alaska, the sun was shining and
shirt sleeves were almost
the dress code of the day
Certainly the exact opposite of what we/I
expected weather conditions
that far north to be.
An abundance of ice and snow at the…
in Glacier Bay (Alaska)…
Columbia Ice Fields,
(Athabasca Glacier) in Canada.
I am inclined to suggest that any journey
originating in Australia and visiting
the northern hemisphere
could be described as an ‘Odyssey’.
Last year’s travel to Canada took us about
16 hours flying time to reach Vancouver Island
an event we had not counted on.
Our sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier was wonderful.
Followed by the Red Carpet treatment
when boarding our
Gold Leaf Carriage.
Our Final day, not included in the tour,
was a visit to Wiseman,
a very small township
inside the Arctic Circle.
Dirt tracks upon which a pride of lions rested.
Then a road which was not much more
than wheel tracks across Sua Pan,
one of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana.
The Sua Pan (or Sowa Pan) is a large natural topographic depression
within the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana.
The Makgadikgadi Pans were once a lake which
was larger in area than Switzerland.
It dried up several thousand years ago
Could we call this a water road, in Venice?
An extraordinary trip across to France and return via Eurostar.
Extraordinary because I was ‘talking’ to MGW’s cousin
via Facebook while under the Channel.
The Rocky Mountaineer.
Two days of travel through glorious scenery
with first class comfort and service
back to Vancouver.